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Meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit

Held on June 24, 2016, Timmins Office, Board Room

Approved by Board, September 16, 2016—Gilles Chartrand


  • Gilles Chartrand
  • Michael Shea
  • Sue Perras
  • André Rhéaume
  • Rick Lafleur
  • Marie Leonard
  • Andrew Marks
  • Drago Stefanic
  • Michel Brière
  • Claude Bourassa
  • André Grzela
  • Gil Hébert


  • Dr. Lianne Catton
  • Don West
  • Maria Cook
  • Bob Bell
  • Betty Ann Horbul
  • Lynn Leggett
  • Chantal Riopel  
  • Joëlle Aubin

Recorder: Maria Cook

1) Call to Order

Gilles Chartrand, Chair, 5:00 p.m.

2) Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the agenda for this meeting be approved.


3) Adoption of Minutes of Meeting

MOVED BY: Sue Perras
SECONDED BY: Drago Stefanic

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit held May 27, 2016 be approved.


4) Business Arising from Minutes


5) Correspondence

Don West spoke to the following correspondence:

Municipality of Mattice-Val Côté

Re: Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

Copy of resolution #16-64, dated April 4th, from the Council of the Municipality of Mattice-Val Côté, in support of the PHU’s resolution, dated March 18th, supporting the efforts of Smoke-Free Housing Ontario Coalition, and others, to reduce the exposure of second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing.

County of Lambton

Re: Rising Cost of Healthy Food as Determined by the 2015 Nutritious Food Basket Cost Data

Copy of letter, dated May 9th, to Deputy Premier Deb Mathews, and to Minister Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, requesting that social assistance rates be increased to reflect the rising cost of healthy food as determined by the Nutritious Food Basket, and to index rates to inflation to keep up with the rising cost of living.

The Corporation of the Township of Fauquier-Strickland

Re: Water Fluoridation

Copy of letter, dated May 12th, to Don West, Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), from the Corporation of the Township of Fauquier-Strickland, advising of their council’s resolution #16-104, noting that they do not support the position of the PHU regarding water fluoridation.

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Re: alPHa’s Response regarding Patients First Discussion Paper

Copy of letter, dated May 13th, to Minister Hoskins, advising of their Board’s resolution endorsing alPHa’s response to the Patients First discussion paper.

Re: Proposed Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act

Copy of letter, dated May 13th, to Peggy Sattler, MPP, advising of their Board’s resolution, endorsing the letter from Toronto Public Health regarding the Proposed Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, noting that their BOH supports advocating for workplace recognition of the physical and emotional toll that domestic or sexual violence can have on people and the impact this may have on their employment.

Re: Comments on the MOHLTC’s Proposal to Strengthen Ontario’s Smoking and Vaping Laws

Copy of letter, dated May 13th, to alPHa and all Ontario Boards of Health, advising of their Board’s resolution endorsing Report No. 024-16 titled: Comments on the MOHLTC’s Proposal to Strengthen Ontario’s Smoking and Vaping Laws and directing their health unit staff to submit Appendix B, and corresponding references, to the Regulatory Registry for MOHLTC consideration.

Grey Bruce Public Health

Re: Lyme Disease

Copy of letter, dated June 2nd, to Ministers Philpott and Hoskins, advising of their Board’s resolution no. 2016-52, requesting that the Province increase funding to enhance environmental surveillance for the tick; monitor the pattern of spread of the tick and the rate of tick infection in various areas of the Province; and develop control measures for the tick.

Re: Legislation for the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitute

Copy of letter, dated June 7th, to Minister Philpott, advising of their Board’s resolution no. 2016-51 endorsing Peterborough Count-City Health Unit’s correspondence dated April 27th, regarding legislation for the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitute (The Code) and requesting her government to advocate for legislation for the Code in Canada.

6) Medical Officer of Health and Program Manager Reports

Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health (A), provided an update with regard to the following items:

Hollinger Park - Timmins

Further consultation has taken place with Public Health Ontario (PHO) to review Amec Foster’s soil sample results, to determine next steps. Amec Foster has been hired to complete a more in depth assessment to determine next steps required. As part of this, we have recommended that the children’s area, previously sampled in 2012, will be resampled. Toxicologists have again confirmed that closing the park is not necessary. Signs regarding park use/recommendations have been posted at the park.

Patient’s First Discussion Paper

Bill 210, legislation related to the proposals for health system reform that were laid out in the Patients First Discussion Paper was introduced for first reading in the Ontario Legislation on June 2nd.

Most of the legislative changes would be made to Local Health System Integration Act, with a view to authorizing the expanded service roles of the LHINs. There are amendments to both the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the LHIN Act that formalize relationships between LHINs and Boards of Health. These changes do not include a transfer of public health funding and accountability agreements to the LHINs from the MOHLTC, as originally proposed. We will continue to collaborate with the LHINs in various program areas as in the past and hope to formalize collaboration in the future.

Dr. Catton and Don West, together with Northern Medical Officers of Health, will participate in a half-day meeting with Louise Paquette, CEO, North East LHIN, in the Fall, in Sudbury, to discuss this new relationship.

City of Timmins Smoking Bylaw

The Timmins Business Improvement Association (BIA) is requesting support for a proposed amendment to the City’s smoking bylaw from 3 to 9 metres. We have also received questions regarding e-cigarettes, vapes, marijuana and the existing bylaw. We have been asked to attend/present at the next City Council meeting.

First Nations Public Health Working Group

Dr. Catton is on a provincial working group examining how we can better support First Nations populations.


Program Managers continue to work on the Porcupine Health Unit’s Strategic Plan. Education with regard to summer heat conditions and Lyme Disease is ongoing.

Focus on a Healthy Weight

Betty Ann Horbul, Manager of Nutrition Services/Dental Services/Preschool Speech & Language and Joëlle Aubin, Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

Betty Ann and Joëlle spoke to their joint report, Focus on Healthy Behaviours, noting that physical activity plays a vital role in the health and well-being of people of all ages, and is associated with positive outcomes relating to body adiposity/weight status, cardio metabolic markers, chronic disease prevention and mental health.

Behaviour change is possible when individuals have strong intentions, no barriers that make it impossible to change and the skills to make the change. Motivational Interviewing, an evidence based strategy for behaviour change, is a cross cutting theme in the Porcupine Health Unit Strategic Plan. Staff have received training ,and it is incorporated into programs such as Quit Clinic, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), and HealthSTYLES.

Our Between Girls Program aims to increase awareness and knowledge of healthy eating behaviours and physical activity, while exploring the impact of negative social influences, which will in turn lead to a positive body image, self-esteem and feelings of self-worth as well as reduce the incidence of mental illness and addiction in youth. During the last school year, our Public Health Nurses delivered 12 series to grade 6 girls in our area. A teacher’s guide is also provided for school staff to be aware of weight biased discussions that impact on young girls.

Our Youth Mental Health and Addiction Champion project provided youth with opportunities to inform their peers on the benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, as a healthy coping mechanism to deal with stress and anxiety.

Public Health Inspection

Bob Bell, Manager, Public Health Inspection Services

Bob Bell spoke to his written report regarding Public Health Inspection department statistics from January 1 to May 31, 2016.

7) Program Committee Report

a) Prenatal Education

Nancy Chiasson, Public Health Nurse

Sue Perras thanked Nancy for providing an informative presentation on Prenatal Education.

8) Resource Committee Report

a) Staff Changes

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: André Grzela

THAT the report of staff changes be received for information.


9) New Business

a) 2015 Annual Report

MOVED BY: Andrew Marks
SECONDED BY: Michael Shea

THAT the Porcupine Health Unit’s 2015 Annual Report be approved for circulation.


10) Receipt of Minutes for Information

a) Program Committee Meeting Minutes

MOVED BY: Drago Stefanic
SECONDED BY: André Rhéaume

THAT the minutes of the Program Committee meeting held April 22, 2016 be received for information.


b) Resource Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: Gil Hébert
SECONDED BY: Claude Bourassa

THAT the minutes of the Resource Committee meeting held April 22, 2016 be received for information.


c) Management Committee Meeting

MOVED BY: Marie Leonard
SECONDED BY: Rick Lafleur

THAT the minutes of the Management Committee meetings held May 12 and 26, 2016 be received for information.


11)  Date of Next Meeting and Adjournment

MOVED BY: Rick Lafleur
SECONDED BY: Marie Leonard

THAT the next meeting of the Board of Health for the Porcupine Health Unit be held on September 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and that this meeting adjourn.